The Barrie Police Service is reminding homeowners to always make sure that you lock access doors to your garage, and if you are away from the front of your home, to never leave the garage door open.

Earlier this week, a side door to a garage was forced open and an e-bike that was stored in the garage was stolen. The e-bike was brand new and valued at over $1350.

From the investigation that followed, it was determined that a deadbolt failed, and this allowed for access to the garage. As a result, police are urging homeowners to check their deadbolts and replace them if necessary.

Although new lock kits come complete with screws usually (1 ½ inches), it is strongly recommended that deadbolt and latch strikeplate screws be replaced with longer screws (up to 3 inches) if possible. The same can also be done with door hinges if the setup of your door permits. In garages, this is easier done as the interior walls are not often finished and the exposed walls can be easily reinforced by simply adding additional blocking or full lengths of wood if necessary.

For many, the garage serves as a storage location for bicycles, lawn equipment and other seasonal tools or belongings that are not normally stored or left outside. When not near your garage, the door should always be closed and locked from the inside if there is no opener (a properly working garage door opener will not allow the garage door to be lifted from outside).

Regular inspection of locks on your doors, windows, storm doors, patio doors and sliding doors is necessary and in some circumstances, additional locking mechanisms will provide the security to keep your home and possessions secure and where they belong .

Occurrence #: BA24030806
Prepared by: Corporate Communications Coordinator Peter Leon


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